Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Great War

Today is Wednesday, 28 July 2010.

On this date in 1914, The Great War began.

By the conclusion, at least 9.7 million military had died, at least 6.8 million civilians had died, at least 7.7 military were missing and must be presumed dead, for a grand total of 24.2 million dead. Another 21.1 million military were wounded, many of whom later died from delayed effects.

Payoff: within a little more than 20 years, two more Great Wars would begin, one in Europe and one in the Pacific.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of the greatest, and by far the most entertaining, history lessons respecting the Second World War - and other travesties - I've ever heard.

Don't know how many are "Risk" fans, but you can always ask someone (old enough to have played it as a kid) to explain the reference...

6:11 PM  
Anonymous HH said...

Thank you. Eddie Izzard is a Friggin' Comic Genuis!

And "Risk", in college, 40 years ago ... games that could last a week with rotating players ... don't get me started.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know, right!! He's truly amazing. Take a listen to his "Cake or Death" parody on the Church of England, too. HILARIOUS!

Some of the same material in this clip, but includes additional work as well.


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